Are you planning to buy or sell your home in Berks County and are renting a moving truck? No doubt you've already thought about renting a U-Haul, as they are by far the most recognized moving truck rental in the nation.

Even though they're the most convenient choice for renting a moving truck, there are some things you need to know before you make your reservation. It's easy for things to go south on moving day if you don't know some of the ins and outs of renting from U-Haul.

Here are a few things you should know about renting a truck from U-Haul.

Finding a Local U-Haul Truck

Finding a local U-Haul truck is easy enough. In Reading alone, there are about 9 U-Haul centers. You should read reviews and get recommendations from family or friends who have used one in your area.

Getting the Right Size

One of the most vital things to figure out when renting a U-Haul truck is choosing the right size vehicle. If you pick a truck size and then find you don’t have enough space for all of your things, you will find yourself in a bind. It is better to have space and not need it rather than the other way around.

U-Haul offers lots of different truck sizes to meet your requirements. If you are moving the contents of a one or two-bedroom home, the ten or 15-foot box truck should offer enough space. Two or three-bedroom houses may need the 17 or 20-foot trucks.

For larger homes, or people with more possessions, the 26-foot moving truck and the largest in their fleet should provide enough room. U-Haul has an online guide to help you make the right choice.

What Does U-Haul Charge

Truck rental rates can be confusing, perhaps even misleading. Those $19.95 ads you see on the trucks are rarely the price you'll pay, as the extras add up fast. Those charges are also for local moves only. So make sure you pin down the exact cost before you begin your move to make sure what you're paying.

What to Know About Your U-Haul Quote

  • The quote only reflects the base rate of your rental.
  • The price does not include an environmental fee ($1–$5).
  • The cost does not include taxes which can add a decent amount of money.
  • The quote may not have an allowance for mileage or gas on some rentals.

One thing you may not know about pricing with U-Haul is that it might be possible to negotiate a better rate.

U-Haul Reservations Are Not Guaranteed

One mildy annoying fact about renting a U-Haul is that your reservation is not guaranteed. Even though you pick out your destination, truck size, and pick up time, your reservation is not complete and locked in until you pick up the truck. Make sure you call the day before to make sure the vehicle is available. If not, you may need to go to a different location unless you want to wait.

The Passengers

If you are moving a long distance, do you need to carry passengers on your journey? Most of the trucks available will only be able to seat two or three passengers, and putting people in the back isn’t an option. If you need to usually use a child seat for your kids, they aren’t generally considered safe to use in trucks.

If you are looking to rent the 10-foot cargo van, you will have a problem with more than two passengers; other sizes should accommodate up to three, however.

U-Haul Truck Rental Insurance

U-Haul has insurance plans that will cover you and your possessions, as well as their truck, in the event of an accident. These include:

  • Safemove
  • Safemove Plus
  • Collision Damage
  • Safetow®
  • Safetrip®

Hopefully this information will help your moving experience using U-Haul go more smoothly.

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